Autoliv Inc. (ALV): Today's Featured Automotive Winner

Autoliv ( ALV) pushed the Automotive industry higher today making it today's featured automotive winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.8%. By the end of trading, Autoliv rose $2.40 (4.5%) to $56.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 836,037 shares of Autoliv exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 928,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.22-$56.52 after having opened the day at $54.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.67. Other companies within the Automotive industry that increased today were: Enova Systems ( ENA), up 18.8%, ATC Venture Group ( ATC), up 15.4%, Accuride ( ACW), up 11.3%, and Wabco Holdings Incorporated ( WBC), up 8%.

Autoliv, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and supply of automotive safety systems to the automotive industry. Autoliv has a market cap of $4.95 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Autoliv a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Autoliv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Westport Innovations ( WPRT) was today's featured automotive industry laggard.

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